Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City

Speakers

NECSS 2017 Confirmed Speakers

Mike Massimino

Former NASA Astronaut (Keynote Speaker)

Leighann Lord

Emcee

James Randi

Magician & Skeptic

Gavin Schmidt

NASA Climatologist

Britt Marie Hermes

Former Naturopath

Summer Ash

Astrophysicist

Richard Saunders

The Skeptic Zone podcast

Julia Galef

Rationally Speaking podcast

Cara Santa Maria

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Massimo Pigliucci

Philosopher

Nina Burleigh

Journalist, Newseek

Steve Novella

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Helaine Olen

Journalist, Slate

Jay Novella

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Jennifer Lopez

NASA Datanaut Corps

George Hrab

Musican

Brian Wecht

Comedian, Musician & Physicist

John Rennie

AccessScience

David Gorski

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Harriet Hall

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Clay Jones

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Brooke Binkowski

Managing Editor, Snopes

Robyn Stein DeLuca

Psychologist

Spiro Condos

NYC Skeptics

Yelena Bernadskaya

NYC Skeptics

Steve Lundquist

Skeptical activist

Evan Bernstein

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Bob Novella

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Niki Athanasiadou

Research Scientist

About NECSS

Every year NECSS welcomes attendees from all over the world for a celebration of science and critical thinking. NECSS weekend activities include workshops, panel discussions, individual presentations, live podcasts, social gatherings, and live entertainment.

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About NECSS

NECSS (pronounced “Nexus”), the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, is an annual gathering celebrating science, critical thinking, and the methods that have contributed to reaching our current place in history.

For the past seven years, thousands of people from all walks of life have gathered in New York City for four days of information and inspiration from leading scientists, educators, activists, and performers, all with the goal of fostering a more rational world. Attendees also enjoy hands-on workshops, skeptically themed performances, and nightly meetups, including a social mixer with the speakers.

Past presenters include Bill Nye, Lawrence Krauss, Leonoard Mlodinow, Richard Wiseman, James Randi, Susan Jacoby, Paul Offit, Phil Plait, Simon Singh, Michael Shermer, Kevin Folta, Yvette D'Entremont (“The SciBabe”), George Hrab, Eugenie C. Scott, Michael Mann, Cady Coleman, Joe Nickell, Massimo Pigliucci, Heather Berlin, Seth Shostak, Carl Zimmer, and many more.

Founded in 2009, NECSS is a nonprofit conference run by a staff of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Conference proceedings are also made available via the NECSS YouTube channel, and our affiliated podcasts; The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and Rationally Speaking.

Conference Details

Important information about NECSS 2017

Speakers

30+ speakers are expected for NECSS 2017!

Venue

NECSS takes place at FIT in New York City.

Hotel

Discounted rooms are available until May 29th - book now!

Schedule

Lectures, panels, socials, performances, and workshops.

Schedule

All times are approximate. Schedule subject to change.

  • 10:00am 11:15am
    Workshop 1A /Niki Athanasiadou / Thinking Like a (Data) Scientist / Room TBA
  • 10:00am 11:15am
    Workshop 1B /Steve Lundquist / If You Look Outside the Right Side of the Aircraft: Still Not a UFO / Room TBA
  • 11:15am 12:30pm
    Workshop 2A /Steve Novella / How to Survive in an Alternative Fact, Fake News World / Room TBA
  • 11:30am 12:15pm
    Workshop 2B /Brian Wecht/Jay Novella / The Art of Conversation / Room TBA
  • 2:15pm 4:00pm
    Workshop 3A /Spyrodon Condos/Yelena Bernadskaya / How to Argue with Yourself / Room TBA
  • 2:15pm 4:00pm
    Workshop 3B /Steve Novella / How to Survive in an Alternative Fact, Fake News World / Room TBA
  • 3:45pm 5:00pm
    Workshop 4A /Brian Wecht/Jay Novella/Steve Novella / The Best Moments in Sci-Fi Movie History / Room TBA
  • 3:45pm 5:00pm
    Workshop 4B /Robyn Stein DeLuca / Men Make War and Women Take Care? A Skeptical Look at Who Does the Fighting and Who Does the Helping / Room TBA
  • 7:00pm 8:30pm
    SGU Private Show /Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Evan Bernstein, Bob Novella, & Special Guest / Room TBA
  • 09:30am 09:50am
    Opening /Leighann Lord / Haft Auditorium
  • 09:50am 10:30am
    David Gorski /Whither the Antivaccine Movement in the Age of Trump / Haft Auditorium
  • 10:40am 11:20am
    Steve Novella /Neuroscience: Hype & Hope / Haft Auditorium
  • 11:40am 12:20pm
    Brit Marie Hermes /The Naturopaths are Coming! The Naturopaths are Coming! / Haft Auditorium
  • 12:25pm 01:55pm
    Lunch
  • 02:00pm 02:40pm
    Harriet Hall /Denialism in Medicine: Statin Denialists and Others / Haft Auditorium
  • 02:50pm 03:30pm
    Clay Jones /Folklore in Modern Pediatric Medicine / Haft Auditorium
  • 03:45pm 04:45pm
    Panel / Is Science-Based Medicine Successful? /David Gorski, Britt Marie Hermes, Clay Jones, Harriet Hall, & Steve Novella / Haft Auditorium
  • 04:55pm 05:55pm
    Panel / Science-Based Medicine Audience Q&A /David Gorski, Britt Marie Hermes, Clay Jones, Harriet Hall, & Steve Novella / Haft Auditorium
  • 08:00pm 10:00pm
    An Evening with James Randi /Magic, Illusion, and the Paranormal / Haft Auditorium
  • 09:30am 09:40am
    Opening /Leighann Lord / Haft Auditorium
  • 09:45am 10:25am
    Massimo Pigliucci /Skepticism and Epistemic Virtue / Haft Auditorium
  • 10:35am 11:15am
    Gavin Schmidt /Simulating Climate; Stimulating Thought / Haft Auditorium
  • 11:35am 12:15pm
    Summer Ash /The Invisible Universe: See What Our Eyes Can’t / Haft Auditorium
  • 12:20pm 01:50pm
    Lunch
  • 01:55pm 03:25pm
    The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Live /Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria, + Guest / Haft Auditorium
  • 03:35pm 04:35pm
    Panel TBD /Haft Auditorium
  • 05:00pm 06:00pm
    Mike Massimino (keynote) /Lessons from Space / Haft Auditorium
  • 8:00pm 11:00pm
    NECSS Social /All NECSS Attendees (please register in advance) / Location TBA
  • 09:30am 09:40am
    OpeningLeighann Lord / Haft Auditorium
  • 09:40am 10:20am
    Speaker TBD /Haft Auditorium
  • 10:30am 11:15am
    Rationally Speaking Live /Julia Galef + Guest / Haft Auditorium
  • 11:30am 12:10pm
    Jay Novella /A Guide to Skeptical Parenting / Haft Auditorium
  • 12:15pm 01:45pm
    Lunch
  • 01:50pm 02:50pm
    Panel / Journalism in the Age of Alternative Facts and Fake News /Nina Burleigh, Brooke Binkowski, Helaine Olen, John Rennie / Haft Auditorium
  • 03:00pm 04:00pm
    Panel TBD / Skeptic’s Roundtable: What’s Wrong with the World and How to Fix It /James Randi, George Hrab, Cara Santa Maria, & Steve Novella / Haft Auditorium
  • 04:25pm 05:05pm
    George Hrab /Secret Skeptics: Critical Thinkers Hidden in Popular Culture / Haft Auditorium
  • 05:15pm 05:55pm
    TBD /TBD / Haft Auditorium

Registration

Registration is available for single-day and 3-day passes. Workshops and ancillary events are add-on items to main conference registration. Members of NECSS sponsor organizations and students are eligible for discounted registration.

$245
General Admission - 3 Day Pass
General Admission to all three days of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - All 3 Days
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$95
Student Admission - 3 Day Pass
Student Admission to all three days of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - All 3 Days
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free swag
$950
Premium Pass- 3 Day Pass + More
All NECSS events* + backstage lunch for two with speakers
  • Main Conference - All 3 Days
  • Includes Thursday workshops
  • Includes Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Sunday lunch for two with speakers
  • Special signed items and free ``swag``
  • *Thursday SGU Private Show sold out
  • *Saturday lunch sold out
$120
General Admission - 1 Day Pass
General Admission to a single day of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - Single Day
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$55
Student Admission - 1 Day Pass
Student Admission to a single day of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - Single Day
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$35
Ticket - An Evening With James Randi
Ticket to Friday evening show only (no conference attendance)
  • Ticket to Friday evening show
  • Thursday workshops
  • Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
An Evening with James Randi
Lecture + Audience Q&A
Discounted admission for NECSS 2017 attendees